Whether you're looking for a custom cake for a birthday party or have a sweet tooth and want something fresh and homemade, nothing beats a hometown bakery. Luckily, Knoxville has plenty of options to offer. From authentic Mexican pastries to cute custom cakes and cookies to a coffee shop with pastries perfect for enjoying alongside your favorite hot beverage, there's something for every taste.
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If you're ready to find the perfect bakery to visit during your next trip to Knoxville, or looking for a spot to purchase a gift card to for a friend or family member in the area, keep reading. We're bringing you the top bakeries that Knoxville, Tennessee has to offer.
Image courtesy of Yelp. Cookies, cakes, pies—and plenty of gluten-free options—round out the large selection at this bakery.
846 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917 (https://magpiescakes.com)
With a motto like "All Butter, All the Time," you already know that this bakery values doing things the old-fashioned way. But don't let their commitment to real, delicious sweet treats fool you; they've branched out to provide plenty of gluten-free options to their visitors as well.
Walk-in guests have a chance to choose from a variety of pre-made sweet treats. Their cookies are a popular choice. Made fresh each day and priced starting at just $1.25 a piece or $12 for a dozen, they are available in a changing selection of tasty flavors. Cheesecakes and pies are also available in a rotating selection of seasonal flavors each day. Other options include King Cakes, available in February, Banana Pudding in the summer, Apple Torte Cakes in the Fall, and other seasonal desserts are also available.
If you're looking for something more custom, call ahead for cakes, larger cookie orders, cupcakes, and more. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, wedding, or just want to treat your family to something sweet, Magpie's is a great choice.
"Fantastic bakery. I'm working my way through all the options and loving each item I try. I might be gaining a few lbs but it's worth it. I can't believe how good the cookies, cakes and cupcakes are. I died and went to heaven. If I was on death row, I'd request the sprinkle cream pie cookies. Last meal status, for sure. All Butter All The Time, baby!" -Yelp review
Image courtesy of Yelp. From holiday treats to tiny cookies you'll want to buy by the pound, Rita's Bakery is known for classic, yummy baked goods.
3023 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 (https://www.ritasbakery.net)
This family-owned bakery has been serving up sweet homemade treats for nearly 30 years. They specialize in classic, traditional baked goods like thumbprint cookies and petit fours. While you won't find many trendy desserts here, you will find delicious cakes that can be customized with your choice of colors for the buttercream frosting, as well as writing, drawing, and other accents. Custom decorating starts at just $10.
If you don't have a big event in mind but are in the mood for something sweet, you can always stop in to check out their bakery case. Seasonally decorated cookies, small cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats are available each day.
"I will forever love this bakery! The thumbprint cookies are PHENOMENAL!!! My friends and I all love getting these cookies specifically. They also have great custom designs and other treats. What a great way to support small business and tend to your sweet tooth!" -Yelp Review
Image courtesy of Yelp. Homemade dog treats and other supplies make this a must-stop for any pet parent.
5201 Kingston Pike, Ste 8, Knoxville, TN 37919 (https://riverdogbakery.com)
You won't find chocolate chip cookies or decadent cakes in this bakery. But you will find adorable treats that the four-legged members of your family will certainly find delicious. River Dog Bakery is a local bakery and store specializing in homemade treats for dogs. Their bakery case is packed each day with a variety of fresh-made treats that Fido is sure to love.
Besides their baked goods, you'll also find a variety of pet supplies. From food to toys to beds and more, this is a one-stop shop for pet owners in Knoxville.
"I can't believe it took me so long to get here but what gem! I ordered a birthday brownie for my dog Oliver which he and his sister Pippa LOVED." -Yelp Review
Image courtesy of Yelp. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins are common daily options in their baked goods case.
700 Sevier Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902 (https://www.honeybeecoffeeco.com)
This local coffee chain is best known for its tasty drink options. Whether you like a classic drip, an iced latte, or a sweet mocha or hot chocolate, there's something for everyone. And while you're enjoying your drink, you can also enjoy a fresh-made bakery item. Great as a snack or a simple breakfast, you can choose from a variety of sweet and savory options, like muffins, bread, cookies, scones, and more. While the selection is small compared to other bakeries on this list, everything is fresh and tasty, and the options rotate frequently, so you never know what delicious option you might find when you stop in.
There are actually three Honeybee Coffee locations throughout the greater Knoxville, Tennessee area, so odds are that you have one within a close drive no matter where you are staying in the city.
"Love this little place! They have some really yummy pastries & it has a great vibe inside." -Yelp Review
Image courtesy of Yelp. Authentic Mexican pastries that look as great as they taste.
4809 Newcom Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919 (https://www.facebook.com/Laflormexicanbakery/)
This small, family-owned bakery is one of Knoxville's best-kept secrets. Here you'll find a huge selection of homemade, authentic Mexican pastries and other baked goods. Whether you love chocolate, cinnamon, or prefer something more savory, there's a sweet treat waiting for you.
Besides pastries, La Flor also offers custom cakes available in a wide variety of colors, designs, and styles. This is a popular spot for custom desserts, so be sure to order ahead to make sure that you can get your cake!
"If you are looking for authentic Mexican bread then look no further. I am from the southwest and this place is just as good as what I can get from my home town." -Yelp Review
Image courtesy of Yelp. From birthday cakes to cookie favors for weddings and parties, Mer Mers Bakery is Knoxville's go-to for custom orders.
617 N Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37917 (http://www.mermersbakery.com)
This small bakery specializes in custom cakes, cookies, and other dessert orders. While their daily selection isn't large, they do offer some sweet treats that you can anytime they're open when you're in the mood for a sweet treat. In addition to cakes and sugar cookies, you can also order other custom desserts, like petit fours, thumb print cookies, and pound cake.
"Ordered excellent, slightly lemon-flavored Tennessee state cookies for the Vols/SC game. The cookies and service were great... even if the Vols couldn't pull off the win." -Yelp Review
Whether you're looking for a sweet snack or want to order some delicious homemade pastries, cookies, or a cake for an event, you have plenty of bakery options to choose from in Knoxville, Tennessee. Try one or a plan a bakery trail adventure to sample each one during your next visit!